Attendees interact during a session at the 2012 event.
The fifth annual Arts Festival Conference – presented by ZAPP® – convenes Monday, October 7, and Tuesday, October 8, 2013, in Louisville, Kentucky. This year's event takes place at the gorgeous historic Seelbach Hilton Louisville hotel, immediately following the St. James Court Art Show.
The 2013 Conference presents a fantastic opportunity to meet other artists and art fair professionals, enjoy the St. James Court Art Show and conference receptions, learn more about best practices and resources for the art festival field, take advantage of portfolio review opportunities, strengthen the art fair community, and experience lovely Louisville!
This professional development event is designed for and includes sessions for the entire art fair field – artists, show directors, festival staff – not just ZAPP® users! This year's Conference will again include a symposium led by an expert panel, a practice that has become a staple of the annual conference and encourages thought-provoking dialogue about the art festival industry. The two-day conference is sponsored by ZAPPlication® and the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).
Use the tabs above to see Travel Information and view the Agenda for what's in store for the 2013 Conference!
The early-bird registration rate is $265 per person for all conference registrations received on or before Monday, August 5, 2013. The regular rate is $315 per person and will become effective on Tuesday, August 6, 2013.
A special group rate is available for groups of two or more. The early-bird group rate is $215 per person for all conference registrations received on or before Monday, August 5, 2013. The regular group rate is $265 per person and will become effective on Tuesday, August 6, 2013.
Day passes are available for either the Monday or Tuesday sessions. The early-bird day pass rate is $150 per person per day pass for purchases made on or before Monday, August 5, 2013. The regular day pass rate is $165 per person per day pass and will become effective on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Day passes are not eligible for group pricing or refunds.
As further details emerge, Conference information will be sent out via email, and on the ZAPP® Facebook and Twitter feeds. Interested artists can opt-in to the System Communication option on their ZAPPlication.org profiles to receive these email updates. Other interested parties can click here to be added to the Conference information email list.
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The ZAPP® system grew out of a non-profit partnership of between eight major arts festivals and WESTAF, and has been praised by both art festival administrators and artists alike. ZAPP® allows artists to apply online to art festivals and allows art festivals to manage their application, administration, and jury processes online. Since its launch in 2004, ZAPP® has become the premier internet art festival tool - serving more than 600 events and 60,000 artists.
ZAPPlication.org is a service of WESTAF. WESTAF is a nonprofit arts service and research organization and an experienced developer of technology solutions for the arts. WESTAF fulfills its mission to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts by engaging in arts-policy research and state arts agency development, developing innovative programs, providing a variety of services, and supporting programming for artists and arts organizations. Additionally, WESTAF regularly convenes experts and leaders to address critical issues affecting arts and culture. Founded in 1974, WESTAF is the largest of six regional arts organizations in the United States and is proud to have several artists on staff.